Union Catalogue of Manuscripts from the Islamicate World

King's Pote 144 (King's College Library, King's College Cambridge)

Pote Collection


Summary of Contents: 1 copy of al-Ḥusāmī.
Language(s): Arabic

Colophon details: Date: Monday, 17 Shaʿbān 991 / 5 Sep 1583 Scribe: Ḥusayn ibn ʿAbd al-Raḥmān Anṣārī حسين بن عبد الرحمن انصارى .

Colophon further notes: The colophon goes on to say that the (original) owner is Ḥusayn ʿAlī.

Note concerning work: A treatise on Uṣūl al-Fiqh (principles of jurisprudence).


Geschichte der arabischen Literatur C. Brockelmann 1892-1902 (2 vols. plus supplements) GAL II.81 (al-Ruhāwī); GAL Supp. II.90

Physical Description

Form: codex
Extent: 224 folios.
Dimensions (leaf): 26 × 15.5 cm.
Dimensions (written): 15 × 8.5 cm.
Foliation: Foliated.


Numerous pages at the start and in the middle have been replaced (these lack interlinear and marginal notes). Many marginal repairs.


5 lines per page.

Not ruled. Rubrications in red.


Replete with interlinear and marginal notes (the 5 lines of text are widely spaced to support this).


Reddish brown leather, Indian style. Marbled paper doublures. Decorations: Gold inlaid turanj, two pendants and corner-pieces. Dimensions: 25.5 × 15 × 3.5 cm. Unboxed. Polier's number: 323.


Origin: Monday, 17 Shaʿbān 991 AH; 5 Sep 1583 CE

Provenance and Acquisition

The "Pote Collection" arrived in England from India in 1790 and was divided between the Colleges of Eton and King's, Cambridge, with the first half alphabetically going to King's. Both halves of the collection are now housed in Cambridge University Library on permanent loan. Most if not all of the manuscripts had previously been owned by Colonel Antoine-Louis Henri Polier (1741–1795).

Gift of Edward Ephraim Pote (d.1832) in 1788.

Record Sources


All manuscripts of the Pote Collection are on permanent loan at Cambridge University Library. Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card for admissions procedures consult Cambridge University Library. Contact near_eastern@lib.cam.ac.uk for further information on the availability of this manuscript

Funding of Cataloguing

King's College Cambridge


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